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#MigrationNation – Hope for 2017

#MigrationNation – Hope for 2017

After a particularly difficult 2016, which included the loss of beloved matriarch Granny (J2), we are hopeful that 2017 will see some positive changes for the critically endangered Southern Resident orca population and some real progress towards their recovery. That recovery needs to start with addressing the top threat to the Southern Residents – prey…

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The Southern Resident orcas are a unique community, but are we presiding over their journey to extinction?

In the United States, the first 100 days of a newly elected president’s term are thought to represent the new administration’s ability to reach their proposed targets.  While largely symbolic rather than statutory, “the first 100 days” are closely watched by the media and their success measured by public approval ratings.  It is with the…

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A Leader Lost: What's Next for the Southern Resident orcas?

Granny was a living legend, famous at home and across the world; a matriarch and guiding light for critically endangered Southern Resident orcas.  Researchers knew Granny as J2, the leader of the Southern Resident orca community, but she has been missing for months and now, sadly, the Center for Whale Research (CWR) recently announced that…

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Another Southern Resident orca found dead

The Center for Whale Research and Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans confirmed late last night that a dead orca found floating off the coast in British Columbia was 18-year-old J34, known as Double Stuf, a member of the critically endangered Southern Resident orca population.  This loss marks the fourth adult orca to die, and…

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#MigrationNation – Now is the Time

For nearly two decades, national and regional conservation groups have gone to court to challenge plans from federal agencies regarding dam operations in the Columbia Basin.  Five federal plans have been declared illegal by three different judges, because they failed to protect threatened and endangered Snake River salmon. This time is different.  Why? On our…

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#MigrationNation – No Fish, No Blackfish

Research has shown that the survival of the Southern Resident orcas is closely linked to salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest of Canada and the US.  We have established, earlier in this campaign and in previous efforts, that these orcas are incredibly dependent on salmon, especially Chinook – up to 80% of their diet.  But…

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